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Aaron Eckhart

Highest Rated:   94% The Dark Knight (2008)
Lowest Rated:   5% I, Frankenstein (2014)
Birthplace:   Cupertino, California
From Neil LaBute mainstay to romantic lead and brainy action hero, versatile screen presence Aaron Eckhart has the talent to convincingly portray everything from the most despicable misogynist to affable love interests with equal zeal. How many other actors could purposefully and gleefully crush the soul of an innocent deaf woman before successfully charming one of the '90s most notable onscreen feminists with equal conviction? Born on March 12, 1968, to a computer executive father and a mother who wrote children's books in Santa Clara County, CA, Eckhart spent most of his childhood in Cupertino before moving with his family to England and Australia in his teens. Although he dropped out of high school before graduation, Eckhart eventually earned his equivalency before taking a few years off to hit the waves in Hawaii and the slopes in France. He later attended Brigham Young University as a film major, and it was there that he made the acquaintance of a young, aspiring director named Neil LaBute. Eckhart eventually moved to Manhattan and found himself swimming in a virtual sea of unemployed actors, though he did land a few notable commercial parts before returning to L.A., where he worked in a series of small supporting roles. He had done well enough on his own to this point, but it was only under the direction of his old college friend that he truly broke out of the mold and crafted one of the most despised cinematic characterizations of the decade. Cast in the lead of LaBute's pitch-black debut In the Company of Men, Eckhart's performance of a woman-hating, low-level executive was a cruel, but three-dimensional, villain that both repelled and fascinated moviegoers. After sticking with LaBute and gaining 30 pounds for the role of a sexually frustrated husband in LaBute's follow-up, Your Friends & Neighbors, Eckhart branched out in 1999 with a pair of memorable and entirely unexpected performances: Molly and Any Given Sunday. Cast as a caring brother of an autistic sibling in the former and a gridiron giant in the latter, his versatility began to attract casting agents. By the time he romanced Julia Roberts' eponymous character in Steven Soderbergh's acclaimed drama Erin Brockovich, Eckhart had become one to watch. He re-teamed with LaBute for Nurse Betty and Possession, but by this point, the rising star was gaining quite a reputation on his own. In 2001, Sean Penn tapped him to appear opposite Jack Nicholson in the searing drama The Pledge, and soon Eckhart was plunging headfirst into the center of the Earth alongside Oscar-winner Hilary Swank in the big-budget summer disaster flick The Core. By this time, the actor had truly established himself as a diverse talent capable of donning many hats, and following his role in Ron Howard's brutal thriller The Missing, the action flew fast and furious in John Woo's Paycheck. Eckhart next appeared in Suspect Zero (2004), which was experimental filmmaker E. Elias Merhige's eagerly anticipated follow-up to 2000's acclaimed Shadow of the Vampire.If some fans had lamented the gifted Eckhart's turn towards overly seriously roles as of late, a scathing performance in director Jason Reitman's critically-acclaimed 2005 comedy Thank You for Smoking would serve as a refreshingly funny change of pace. Alas, the laughs wouldn't keep coming for long, as it was soon back to grim dramatics with his turn as a well-schooled psychiatrist in the dramatic mystery Neverwas preceding a turn as a determined L.A. detective whose attempts to solve a particularly confounding murder lead him down a dark path of Hollywood corruption in Brian De Palma's The Black Dahlia. In 2008 he starred alongside Christian Bale inThe Dark Knight as good-man-gone-bad Harvey Dent/Two-Face, while 2010 found the actor co-starring with Nicole Kidman in the film Rabbit Hole (2010). In 2011, Eckhart played a wealthy real estate developer in The Rum Diary, an adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's autobiography of the same name.


Highest Rated Movies



46% Wander
  • Arthur Bretnik
42% Midway
  • Jimmy Doolittle
17% Incarnate
  • Dr. Seth Ember
$4.9M 2016
70% Bleed For This
  • Kevin Rooney
$5.1M 2016
85% Sully
  • Jeff Skiles
$125.1M 2016
28% London Has Fallen
  • Prezydent Benjamin AsherPresident Benjamin Asher
31% My All American
  • Darrell Royal
$1.4M 2015
5% I, Frankenstein
  • Adam
$15.7M 2014
28% Erased
  • Ben Logan
50% Olympus Has Fallen
  • President Benjamin Asher
$98.7M 2013
51% The Rum Diary
  • Sanderson
$13.1M 2011
36% Battle: Los Angeles
  • Ssgt. Michael Nanz
$83.6M 2011
87% Rabbit Hole
  • Howie Corbett
$2.3M 2010
16% Love Happens
  • Burke
$23M 2009
94% The Dark Knight
  • Harvey Dent
$533.4M 2008
20% Meet Bill
  • Bill
  • Executive Producer
49% Towelhead
  • Mr. Vuoso
$0.3M 2007
42% No Reservations
  • Nick
$43.1M 2007
90% America At A Crossroads: Operation Homecoming: Writing The Wartime Experience
  • Actor
No Score Yet Women of Indie Film
  • Actor
32% The Black Dahlia
  • Lee Blanchard
$22.6M 2006
15% The Wicker Man
  • Truck Stop Patron
$23.7M 2006
74% Conversations With Other Women
  • Man
86% Thank You for Smoking
  • Nick Naylor
$24.9M 2006
14% Neverwas
  • Zach Riley
  • Producer
18% Suspect Zero
  • Thomas Mackelway
$8.6M 2004
27% Paycheck
  • Rethrick
$53.7M 2003
58% The Missing
  • Brake Baldwin
$26.9M 2003
40% The Core
  • Dr. Joshua Keyes
$31.1M 2003
63% Possession
  • Roland Michell
$10.1M 2002
78% The Pledge
  • Stan Krolak
$18.9M 2001
83% Nurse Betty
  • Del
85% Erin Brockovich
  • George
52% Any Given Sunday
  • Nick Crozier
14% Molly
  • Buck McKay
43% Thursday
  • Nick
77% Your Friends & Neighbors
  • Barry
89% In the Company of Men
  • Chad


48% The Romanoffs
  • Actor
  • 2018
41% Chelsea
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2007
No Score Yet Chelsea Lately
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Lopez Tonight
  • Guest
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
  • Guest
  • 2011
  • 2008
  • 2004
No Score Yet Conan
  • Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet Rachael Ray
  • Guest
  • 2007
93% Frasier
  • Frank
  • 2004

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